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Sold the one doe this morning, then took the cash to the feed store and got another 4 bales of hay (with one less to feed, I should go from using 4 bales per week to 3) plus a salt/mineral block. Still had 2/5 of the money left, so that will go towards the NEXT time I buy hay/feed.

Don't know if I'm going to get ANYTHING out of the garden this year. Had to chase the bull out AGAIN!
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Sold the one doe this morning, then took the cash to the feed store and got another 4 bales of hay (with one less to feed, I should go from using 4 bales per week to 3) plus a salt/mineral block. Still had 2/5 of the money left, so that will go towards the NEXT time I buy hay/feed.

Don't know if I'm going to get ANYTHING out of the garden this year. Had to chase the bull out AGAIN!
Ice, would an electric fence keep him out?
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Mr. Bull needs to be reminded of how much beef is going for at the grocery...
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Ice, would an electric fence keep him out?
The one section where he frequently comes in, we DID put an electric wire. He STILL comes through He is one bullheaded bull. I'll have to find somewhere else where they have cattle panels (The feed store where I used to get hasn't been able to get any more in) and get them up. Had to chase him out 4 times today.
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Mr. Bull needs to be reminded of how much beef is going for at the grocery...
Well, his name IS "Porterhouse"....
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How about a high voltage cattle prod? Just until you can get a good fence up.
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I DO have a "hot shot"...only had to use it on him a couple of times, when he didn't want to get up and get moving. We're developing a routine...I open the "main" gate, go to wherever he's at, get him headed in the right direction, chase him out, then close (and barricade) the gate. I think HE thinks it's a game, by now...
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Oh man! My problems are rabbits and grifters. I shudder to imagine having to deal with a bull! Of course he'd likely keep the grifters out but then the bureaucrats would come. You have your problems, I have mine. Ugh.
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Oh man! My problems are rabbits and grifters. I shudder to imagine having to deal with a bull! Of course he'd likely keep the grifters out but then the bureaucrats would come. You have your problems, I have mine. Ugh.
Don't know how well he'd do at keeping out grifters...the breed IS rather small (Irish Dexters - 36"-48" high), and other than being my biggest garden pest, he IS rather a sweetheart. Likes to come up to you to be petted...REAL aggressive....NOT! I think he thinks he's a big dog...
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Went back outside after dinner, and pounded in about 10-11 heavy-duty T-posts and tying the fencing wire to them at the points where the fencing is lower since the bull keeps pushing down the garden fence to get in. Husband came out while I was pounding the posts, and went an got the connectors and wire to hook up to the charger, so we now have the fencing strengthened PLUS electric wire added. Took the two latest hatchlings from the hatcher out to the brooder with the others. This morning, took the 4 largest who were pretty much all feathered out and moved them out to the kennel in the coop to start integrating them into the rest of the flock.
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While I was finishing up telework the other day (husband had already finished his hours) he went out and re-wired the electric wire at the top of the garden fence. Even made a "gate" area where the main gate is, so that I could unbarricade it. Keeping fingers crossed, but since he did that, have NOT had ANY cattle in the garden.

Had purchased a "growing arch" last year but never put it up. finally got it put together, and yesterday got the netting on. Planted zucchini in the bed towards the end of it, so hope to "train" the plants over it as they grow. It will form kind of a tunnel where the main garden gate is once plants start growing up and over it.
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Lost one of the roosters today. Heat stroke. One of the hens in that run was laying in a depression they had scratched out, looking like we might lose her too. Had the hose out already to refill waterers, so basically hosed her down, ran cool water under her wings and underside to cool her down. She seemed to be doing a bit better after that. Went out after dinner to check on her again, and she was a bit wobbly, but up on her feet. Hopefully she makes it through the night. I'll find out in the morning when I go to feed.
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Lost one of the roosters today. Heat stroke. One of the hens in that run was laying in a depression they had scratched out, looking like we might lose her too. Had the hose out already to refill waterers, so basically hosed her down, ran cool water under her wings and underside to cool her down. She seemed to be doing a bit better after that. Went out after dinner to check on her again, and she was a bit wobbly, but up on her feet. Hopefully she makes it through the night. I'll find out in the morning when I go to feed.
Would one of those intermittent misting systems help or would it just make a mess of things?
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Would one of those intermittent misting systems help or would it just make a mess of things?
The issue with that is water supply. The nearest faucet is a ways away, and it's always a chore running to turn on the water at the faucet, then to the 4-way splitter that goes in opposite directions to the goats and the poultry. Plus, when that area gets wet, it pretty much turns into a mud hole.

I put an old tarp over their run and wired it on with fencing wire, to provide them with more shade.

The hen seems to have made a complete recovery. Hosing her down seems to have done the trick.
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Planted beans in the beds that have beans and squash planted this weekend. Today around noonish, I planted corn in those same beds. 2 beds planted with Country Gentleman, 1 with Double Standard, and 1 with miniature baby corn. Later this afternoon/evening, we had a thunderstorm with a decent amount of rain with it.
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Planted beans in the beds that have beans and squash planted this weekend. Today around noonish, I planted corn in those same beds. 2 beds planted with Country Gentleman, 1 with Double Standard, and 1 with miniature baby corn. Later this afternoon/evening, we had a thunderstorm with a decent amount of rain with it.
It's nice to have natural rainfall to water in your newly-planted seeds.
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Planted beans in the beds that have beans and squash planted this weekend. Today around noonish, I planted corn in those same beds. 2 beds planted with Country Gentleman, 1 with Double Standard, and 1 with miniature baby corn. Later this afternoon/evening, we had a thunderstorm with a decent amount of rain with it.
I haven't had much luck with the Three Sisters method but maybe I've been doing it wrong. I always planted the corn first, then when it was about 8" tall I planted pole beans and after they were up and thriving I planted squash. I always plant them in beds that had peas or beans growing in them the year before so they are well nitrogenated and I also always prep those beds with fresh compost. Sometimes I get good bean production, other times good corn or squash production but never all three.
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Moved 3 chicks and 3 turkey poults that are now mostly feathered out from the brooder box in my "she shed" out to the kennel in the chicken coop with the "big kids" today. I now have a total of 8 chicks and 8 poults in the coop, another 4 chicks in the brooder box, and two incubators with eggs in them (both chicken and turkey.)
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Went out to the coops tonight, and opened up the door to the kennel that the latest batch of chicks and poults I moved out there can start to come and go as they please. Found some of the chicks and poults from the previous batch bedded down in a box with one of the hens. I've been REALLY happy with my "chick integration" this year...haven't noticed ANY harassment of the babies by the older birds, and the hens seem to have pretty much adopted the youngsters.

It's been at least 3 days since I've had to chase the bull out of the garden, so looks like he's FINALLY getting the hint that his presence in the garden is NOT desired.
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